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24 Islands/24 hours

24 islands in 24 hours logo

24 islands/24 hours was a unique series of events celebrating reading, writing and libraries in a 24 hour race against the clock.

From 3pm Thursday 11 to 3pm Friday 12 September 2014 Libraries, friends and partners in Orkney and Shetland organised events on over 24 islands, starting in Papa Westray and culminating in Unst. We had events in libraries, schools, cafes, community halls, a castle, a boat, a yurt and a host of other venues. Author Debi Gliori did a webcast for all our primary schools and libraries around the UK joined in by holding their own Shetland Murder Mystery events. The aim was to promote all that libraries do and what they mean to communities, both here and round the UK.

24 islands in 24 hours logo


Gruffalo comes to Lerwick library

Shetland events

Orkney events

Here's what we did in our 24 hours and some more besides!


Update cover Dec 2014

Update magazine article

The UK's biggest Library and information journal devoted 3 pages to 24 islands/24 hours - read the full text of the article at the link above..


MURDER at the Ravenswick Hotel

“My first thought was that there was a lot of blood on the very expensive rug where she was lying...”


As part of 24/24, Ann Cleeves made her scripts for ‘Murder at the Ravenswick Hotel’ available to Libraries wishing to host their own Shetland murder mystery event. The aim was to encourage more people to visit and join libraries. We emailed event packs to libraries so they could host the mystery on 11/12 September or in the coming months.

37 libraries got packs from us and more were distributed through the Reading Agency. We heard back from libraries around the UK who really enjoyed staging their own events


Shetland Library would like to thank:

Author Ann Cleeves, all our staff at Shetland Library; Stewart Bain and the staff of Orkney Library; Baltasound School and Community Library; Scottish Book Trust; Shetland Arts; Promote Shetland; Flybe; Northlink; Marsali Taylor; Keith Bergman; Robert Thomson; Louise Welsh; Zoe Strachan; Debi Gliori and Bloomsbury; Bob Sim; Burland Croft; Hamnavoe Primary School; Mid Yell Junior High School: Stuart Clubb; Bridge End Centre; Whalsay Junior High School; Fair Isle Bird Observatory; Sheila Gear; James Sinclair; Jane Puckey; Muckle Roegues; Alice Arthur; Gutcher Goose Cafe; Mossbank Primary School; Busta House Hotel; Catherine Jeromson; Debbie Nicolson; Daniel Lawson; Andy Long; Pan MacMillan; The Shetland Times columnists and reporters; BBC Radio Shetland; SIBC; Shetland News AND countless other people who helped in all sorts of ways.


Programme of events: Shetland

Programme of events: Orkney

Ann Cleeves web page

24/24 Press release


Organisers of 24 islands/24 hours

Stewart Bain -;

and Karen Fraser -

24 Islands/24 Hours was supported by Scottish Book Trust, Pan Macmillan, Serco Northlink Ferries, Flybe, VisitScotland, Shetland Arts and Promote Shetland

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